AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam -- A Sailor assigned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam died Sept. 29 after participating in the second annual Guam Beast Run. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Andrew Sanders, 22, of Elizabeth City, N.C. was pronounced dead in the Naval Hospital's emergency room at 2:15 p.m. Following lifesaving efforts by fellow hospital corpsmen and local first-responders, Sanders was transported to the Naval Hospital where ongoing resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful. The cause of death is unknown at this time pending an investigation. "The entire Naval Hospital family is mourning the tragic loss of HM3 Sanders" said Capt. Jeff Plummer, Naval Hospital commanding officer. "In a short five months aboard, this impressive young corpsman was a leader across the command and throughout the community." Sanders checked on board the hospital April of this year and was hand-selected to work in the military construction project transition office, preparing staff for the move into the new hospital. His previous duty stations include Field Medical Service School in Camp Lejeune and he was attached to the 2nd Marine Division where he served as a Fleet Marine Force corpsman.
Sanders' military awards include Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Sanders is survived by his mother and father, Sabrina and Joseph Sanders III.